If you’ve ever been in a position of having to purchase cabling either on a commercial basis or for domestic purposes the likelihood is that you will have been presented with different varieties of cables and maybe thought that more expensive cables were just ‘more expensive’ and went for a more ‘affordable’ choice;
Unless you are in the know, it can be a bit of a minefield when somebody starts to talk to you about the different types of cabling for things like telecoms and internet services. As an example, fiber is probably the most common type of cable you will have come across because it is used by some of the biggest Internet service providers all across the globe and, has the capability of transferring huge amounts of data that simply weren’t possible with things like a ‘dial up’ telephone line.
You may not have heard of Cat5e, Cat 6, Cat 6a and or AV type of cables and why would you unless you’ve gone looking for them? Each cable is labelled based upon a certain ‘standard’ of performance. As an example, Cat5e can provide you with a gigabit of data per second for a distance of around 380 meters which is more than enough for home use. In comparison Cat6 should provide 10 gigabits of data per second over a 55-meter distance which makes it more suitable for office cabling, 6a offers a higher transfer frequency which means that It can, physically send and receive date faster than and more consistently than the lower models.
Know what you need
If you still don’t’ know what to go for then you should speak with one of your local suppliers who can, probably show you the numbers behind what is being described here as well as anything else you need to know about the different types of cables they use. Obviously, speed and, the consistency of your Internet connection can be really important, however, if you go cheap then, first of all, you might not get the best performance from your lead, or ‘conductor’ that you require.
A ‘cable’ by itself, which is essentially a ‘conductor’ meaning, something that allows something else to pass through it, can be inefficient. Especially if you have lots of cables near each other, there is a greater chance of your signal being affected by ‘interference’ which can slow your speed down or produce poor quality results. Regardless of which cable you go for; it is really important that you buy a cable that has good quality ‘shielding’ which will help to eliminate any outside interference.